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MRJ FTA-2 prepares for May flight

Mitsubishi Aircraft says the second prototype for its MRJ regional jet programme is undergoing engine tests, as it readies for its first flight. In a newsletter, the Japanese manufacturer says FTA-2 will move forward with taxi tests in May, followed by flight tests. This follows the completion of the first phase of flight tests for the FTA-1. On 13 April, FTA-1 started recieving “plann...

Japan's Stealth Jet Makes First Flight as Abe Boosts Defense

Japan became the fourth nation to test fly its own stealth jet as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe moves ahead with plans to strengthen the military amid regional tensions. The nation’s first stealth plane took off from Nagoya airfield in central Japan around 8:50 a.m., Defense Ministry Program Manager Hirofumi Doi said by phone. The jet landed safely at Gifu Air Base in Gifu Prefecture at 9:13...

Frasca to provide EC135 simulator for TKK in Tokyo

Frasca International Inc. has received an order for a Level 5 flight training device (FTD) for the Airbus Helicopters EC135 from Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co., Ltd. (TKK). The FTD will feature a three-channel flat screen visual system, single pilot instrumentation and controls, Garmin GPS and electric control loading.  TKK is a repeat customer of Frasca's, currently using a model 3...

Kawasaki delivers first two EC145s to Japanese National Police

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has delivered two EC145 helicopters to the National Police Agency in its native Japan. These will be the first EC145s to be used by the National Police Agency, and are replacements of existing helicopters deployed by the police in the provinces of Kanagawa and Chiba. The EC145 is a modification of the BK117 which Kawasaki started to develop with MBB before the German m...

Japan Raises the Profile of its Business Aviation Sector

Japanese exhibitors are kicking into high gear here at ABACE this week as they seek to promote Japan’s burgeoning business aviation sector. The growing expo–now in its fifth year at Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre–features a lineup of aviation officials from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and the Japanese Business Aviation Association (JB...

Professional negligence suspected in fatal plane crash in Osaka

The Osaka Prefectural Police and the transport ministry are investigating Saturday’s fatal plane crash at Yao Airport as a case of professional negligence resulting in death. According to the ministry and the airport, a four-seater Mooney M20C bound for Yao left Kobe Airport at 4:03 p.m. but crashed while attempting to land at about 4:20 p.m., killing all four occupants. The plane went...

RJ to start regular route to Guangzhou

Royal Jordanian will start operating its new regular route to the Chinese city of Guangzhou on March 21, 2016 with three weekly flights. The frequency of the flights will be increased to meet future passenger demand.  RJ’s Boeing 787 will depart tomorrow early in the morning. On board the inaugural flight will be a RJ delegation headed by RJ’s Chief Commercial Officer Dr. Ma...

Japan Air Self-Defense Force highlights Kawasaki C-2 next-gen airlifter

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) unveiled its C-2 next-generation transport aircraft, currently under development, at its base in Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture, on Tuesday March 15, the local daily Japan Times said. The C-2, the successor to the existing C-1 transport plane, is capable of carrying the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air missile system and the Ground Sel...

Japan Coast Guard orders an additional H225

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of an additional H225. JCG, which already operates five H225s, has ordered this additional aircraft as part of its fleet renewal plans. The helicopter is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018. This H225 will be equipped with the most advanced search and rescue mission systems and operated in security enfo...

Bell Helicopter signs agreement with Aichi Prefecture for Bell 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, announced a signed purchase agreement with Aichi Prefecture for a Bell 412EPI configured for parapublic operations and used specifically for firefighting missions and disaster relief. “The selection of the Bell 412EPI will enhance Aichi’s capability and help ensure the safety and security of citizens throughout the region,” said Richard Thornley...

Japan tests indigenous stealth fighter jet X-2

Japan is developing an indigenous stealth fighter jet, the X-2, which completed a ground test Wednesday, according to local reports. The X-2, a tactical fighter aircraft, went through two ground tests, speeding at about 100 kilometers per hour across 500 meters of runway at an airport in Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, NHK reported. The fighter jet is scheduled for a flight test in March. Jap...

Engine smoke forces evacuation of JAL plane in snow

More than 160 passengers and crew slid down emergency chutes in swirling snow Tuesday after engine smoke forced a Japan Airlines domestic flight to abort takeoff and smoke entered the cabin, Japanese media reported. National broadcaster NHK showed video of the passengers evacuating and then gathering on the snow-covered tarmac at New Chitose Airport, which serves the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido...